Star Trek logo spotted on Mars surface by NASA satellite

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But that hasn't stopped Captain Kirk himself claiming the feature.

Don't expect to find Spock, Jean-Luc Picard or Michael Burnham squatting nearby, however.

The University of Arizona, which manages the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter HiRISE (High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment) camera, said: "Enterprising viewers will make the discovery that these features look conspicuously like a famous logo". "You'd be right, but it's only a coincidence".

According to the afore cited statement, it is a combination of three weather and geological factors - dunes, lava, and wind - that formed the chevron shape visible in the picture, while there have been hordes of other similar shapes photographed on Mars earlier.

While fans of Star Trek and Star Wars continue to banter over the Mars images, there is a suspicious silence from devotees of Frank Herbert's Dune. The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), snapped the photo on the Red Planet's southeast Hellas Planitia.

Here on our beloved planet, we're struggling with tons of preparations to send our very own kind to the Red Planet but, by the look of things, it seems that someone might have gotten there already and you won't believe your eyes what you see: The Starfleet!

Shortly after NASA released the image, actor William Shatner tweeted it with a cheeky message aimed at Star Trek's rival space fantasy franchise: "Hey Star Wars!". Volcanic eruptions flooded the area with lava, but the lava was not quite thick enough to entirely cover the dune. As the lava cooled, the dunes pointed up like islands.

Researchers previous year found hundreds of crescent-shaped depressions on the surface of the Red Planet. After solidifying, wind blew over them knocking over much of the sand.

"Eventually, the sand piles that were the dunes migrated away, leaving these "footprints" in the lava plain", the university added in the statement.

The chevron symbol on Mars taken by NASA.

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